It is surprising to see how trends change. In fact, change has been the only consistent element throughout human history and we would not have been here with so much of luxuries if it were not for change. However, the pace of change these days is quite unprecedented. It seems just like yesterday when people wanted big houses with big front and back yards, but nowadays people like to go for small apartments. If we go back a little far in time (let’s say a century back from now) people preferred living together as a big family unit; grandma taking care of little Jack, Aunt Hilda ready to babysit little Marie, and everybody ready to contribute for somebody else in the family. What a wonderful way to live, indeed!
Things started to roll faster as the industrialization set its foot in and ever since then; life seems to be on brisk wheels for almost everybody, with family units breaking into independent, self reliant individuals. Everybody feeling and acting responsible for them only. Many believe, however, that change is in the air again, with many families tying up together once again for unlikeliest of the reasons. For example, your younger brother wanting to move in with you due to his recently lost job, coupled with a pregnant wife and a young kid. For most of us, this does not seem like the right time to ditch upon your young brother and his family. So, we let them in and there are countless more scenarios like this resulting in different types of ‘family reunions’. And the truth is that the relief of knowing that someone caring is behind your back all the time is one of a kind. Remember all the fun, joy, love, and care you got on top of that wonderful meal on your last family reunion? What about getting almost the same every night on family dine-ins if you start living together?
Now, these are the kinds of joys living together as a family unit can bring back to you. However, this also means setting up your small living space to accommodate more people than you ever imagined living with you. You never knew your brother, sister or parents showing up to live together. Though it seems quite a daunting task and in many ways it is, but still this is not something that should force you to let your family down in a time of need and desperation. So, here are 7 great ways of decorating your small home for big family.
1 Open shelving in kitchen
Kitchen is definitely one of the most used places in any household with a family. And when the number of persons using that kitchen increases from 1 or 2 to 5 or 6, you certainly need to change a few things about that. When the two of you were the only ones using kitchen, keeping track of things in cabinets was not a big deal. But with added hands probing into those cabinets and racks, keeping track of things can become messy if you do not come up with a better idea. In this case, one of the best things to do for your kitchen convenience is to go for open shelving. You can do this by ripping out all of the upper cabinets, replacing them with open shelves, showcasing everything to everyone stepping into the kitchen, saving all of the kitchen users from digging deep whenever they need a pan, bowl or a butter knife. This not only adds to convenient access to whatever anyone needs in the kitchen, but it also contributes in making the place a bit more spacious. On top of that, your chances of banging your heads across hard bottoms or sharp corners of kitchen shelves are reduced significantly. Still asking for more? Try your own imagination and see what you can come up with at your own, since you know how your kitchen is designed and furnished better than anyone else.
2 Use multipurpose furniture
Another great way to make the most of your confined space for big family is to go for multipurpose furniture. Make sure to get rid of accent furniture (practicality will serve you better in this case than mere beauty of the furniture items) that fails to serve you at least two purposes. You will not only have to resort to innovative multipurpose furniture available in market nowadays, but your personal tweaking and innovation can help you a great deal as well. For example, adding a decorative dresser in kitchen. Though it might seem a bit of overdoing, but the rewards it offers really make it worth trying. It not only gives you extra and convenient space to store so many things, but it comes to your disposal as additional space for serving food. Similarly, you can think about using bunk beds in kids’ room safely instead of simple solo kids’ beds. As a matter of fact, the best way to maximize the usage of space in kids’ bedroom is to add bunk beds with storage options. There are many benefits other than getting additional storage space for them with this. This way, kids also get more space to move around and play. They can also get some big toys or matching furniture. Moreover, this can also motivate them to learn discipline and organization at an early age. You can teach them how to use different drawers and cabinets to store different things, also teaching them how to utilise their resources more efficiently.
3 Small side chairs can be great
You have no idea how something as meagre as oddball chairs from around thrift stores and flea markets can contribute in accommodating more people in a small space. You can get them all painted in the same colour and place them all over the house for making up additional sitting whenever and wherever needed. You better get some small and easily moveable chairs, so that you can get them where needed in a snap without any trouble and concerns. They can be placed in living room when you get some visitors and everyone needs to be seated in living room where regular sofas and lounging chairs fall short of adjusting so many people. You can also use them for turning the corner table into a dining table when serving the kids with supper. Their light weight and small size can be of great benefits to you, so you better choose them with great care.
4 Glass doors
Big box stores like Argos and Tesco Extra offer off the shelf inexpensive glass doors that can be one of your greatest aides in making your small living space look bigger, brighter and better. Add them here and there to create and enjoy the illusion of added light and space in your living. They can be used almost anywhere, from kitchens to bathrooms. Just make sure that you get frosted ones if you are planning to get them in bathroom. One more good thing about this idea of maximizing space in your home using glass doors is that you can get this done without getting much burden on your pocket.
5 Stripes work wonders
If adding glass doors work to bring in more light and air in your room, adding striped rugs on floors work on creating the illusion of space on ground. It is up to you if you match or accent the stripes of your rugs and carpets with room decor theme, but they add significantly to beautify the interior of a room. They also add warmth and cosiness in the air to warm up your winters.
6 Full length drapes
Full length drapes can also help you add to the illusion of a bigger room. Make sure that you resort to sheer drapes rather than heavy fabrics and get them done all the way up the ceiling. Sheer drapes will make your room appear larger and finished.
7 Be innovative with mirrors
Using mirrors in innovative and unusual ways can also help you great. Do you happen to have a stairwell right across a door with some light source around? Well, this might turn up as one of the most unique and effective ways for you to use a big mirror. Simply, get a mirror fixed there to grab the light and reflect it upstairs. This would really become a conversation starter for all your guests interested in knowing how you came up with this simple but magnificent idea. You can also get mirrors installed in hallways to make them appear bigger and brighter or you can add them in dining area to make everyone feel lighter and brighter while dining together. In fact, there is no end to how innovatively and effectively you can use mirrors to beautify your home.
Every place is designed and built differently in some manners (if not all) from others. You know your place better than anyone can ever get to know it and most importantly, you know how you want to decorate and beautify it. With these 7 great ways of decorating your small home for big family, you can make your combined family life easier and better. There is no reason why you should not try them out.
So, do you also have some ideas of your own to share with us?